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I took part in an amazing three-day riding challenge in the Peak District, organised by Simple Cycle Tours. The challenge was all road-based, and as the first day's riding started at 1pm I headed up early to Castleton and had an off-road blast on the bridleways, using my cyclo-cross bike. It turns out that Derbyshire bridleways are a bit steeper than Norfolk ones, and I found myself pushing/carrying the bike (up and down hills) far more than I was used to. Here's a video of me riding in the lanes and trails:


Here is the off-road route I took:

Bridleways of the Peaks

Ride on 2016-06-10 09:24:41, at

Gear: Specialized Crux Elite

So steep!! I had to walk (up and down) a lot of the time.

19km in 1:22:48

Average speed13.8 kmh
Max speed48.6 kmh
Average heart rate142 bpm
Average power151 Watts
Calories200
Elevation gain715 metres

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Peaks175: mechanical support

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The challenge itself was great fun, and there were around 20 of us enjoying great company, food, bag carrying and on-road mechanical support. Mechanic Craig's pre-ride bike checks were essential, as the arduous climbs and vicious descents required fully functional gearing, brakes and tyres. We also had to be prepared for bad weather, and here's a video from day 3 (on the Sunday) showing how much standing water there was:


Here are the three days of riding:

Peaks 175, day 1

Ride on 2016-06-10 12:31:45, at

Gear: Ridley Noah

Started off in the warm and dry, a shower half way round, and torrential rain coming down Wynnats Pass!

78km in 2:51:26

Average speed27.2 kmh
Max speed57.6 kmh
Average heart rate138 bpm
Average power187 Watts
Calories511
Elevation gain1472 metres

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Peaks 175 day 2: Castleton to Hartington

Ride on 2016-06-11 08:35:13, at

Gear: Ridley Noah

Dry (but misty) start, nice stop in Bakewell, and a couple of drenchings after that. Really enjoyable!

109km in 4:00:40

Average speed27.2 kmh
Max speed61.6 kmh
Average heart rate129 bpm
Average power175 Watts
Calories673
Elevation gain1749 metres

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Peaks175 day 3: Hartington to Castleton

Ride on 2016-06-12 08:43:12, at

Gear: Ridley Noah

92km in 3:18:18

Average speed28.0 kmh
Max speed64.4 kmh
Average heart rate129 bpm
Average power187 Watts
Calories594
Elevation gain1580 metres

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Peaks bridleways: Mam Tor

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